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New 7 Natural Wonders of the World

New Seven Wonders of Nature-One of 28 nominees. Winners will be announced in 2011.

 

Angel Falls
Bolivar State, Venezuela
New Seven Wonders of Nature
Earth's Natural Wonders in South America
Rainfall collected in ravines: 300 inches (762 cm)
Alternative name: Salto Angel
Height of Angel Falls: 3,212 feet (979 m)
Sir Walter Raleigh described what was possibly a tepuy (table top mountain), and he is sometimes said to have discovered Angel Falls, but these claims are considered "far-fetched". They were spotted in 1912 by the Venezuelan explorer Ernesto Sanchez La Cruz, but he did not publicize his discovery.
Angel Falls Slideshow
Angels Fall, Venezuela[1]

 

 

Angel Falls (indigenous name: Parakupa-vena or Kerepakupai merú which means the fall from the highest point, in Pemon language; Spanish: Salto Ángel) is the world's highest waterfall, with a height of 979m (3,212ft) and a clear drop of 807m (2,647ft). It is located in the Canaima National Park (Spanish: Parque Nacional Canaima) , in the Gran Sabana region of Bolivar State, Venezuela.

The height of the falls is so great that before getting anywhere near the ground, the water is atomized by the strong winds and turned into mist. The mist can be felt a mile away. The base of the falls feeds into the Kerep River (alternatively known as the Rio Gauya) which flows into the Churun River, a tributary of the Carrao River.

In the indigenous Pemon language Angel Falls is called Kerepakupai merú meaning "waterfall of the deepest place". The falls are sometimes referred to as Churun-meru, an error, since that name corresponds to another waterfall in the Canaima National Park. Churun in the Pemon language means "thunder".

The fictional "Paradise Falls" in the 2009 Pixar film Up was inspired by Angel Falls. The production staff toured this area of Venezuela prior to the making of the film.[2]

One of the several impressive tepuis, or table-top mountains, in Canaima National Park.Lying within the Canaima National Park, Angel Falls is part of the plateau that underlies the lands located in Venezuela to the south of the Orinoco River. The plateau's age is estimated at two billion years. Important geological transformations can be seen at the park, from its beginnings in the Precambrian period dating back to the time of the formation of the supercontinent Pangaea.[3]

 

The Angel Falls in Venezuela.

 

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October 27, 2007

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References
 
!. Flickr-Angel Falls, Venezuela-Creative Commons Attribution License-retrieved 7/25/2009
2.  Wikipedia-Angel Falls-retrieved 7/25/2009
3. Angel Falls. (2008, April 2). New World Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14:49, June 27, 2009 from http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Angel_Falls?oldid=677915
 
 
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